"We are moved to tears by the size of this thing."
-King of All Cosmos, Katamari Damacy.
You have to have played this game to understand it. Please tell me you have played this game? If not, watch the intro, it will help. A little bit. The main premise of the game is that The King of All Cosmos gets extremely drunk and destroys all the stars and planets. It's up to his son, The Prince, to use the Katamari to roll things on Earth up into balls in order to make new planets and stars. This may sound odd, but actually this game is extremely fun and amusing. Speding hours creating chaos by rolling up everything from paper clips, to cows, to clouds, to the Statue of Liberty...
My favourite level is the one where you are rolling around an underweight Sumo wrestler, and you must fatten him up by rolling up tons of food. Then, eventually, you must roll him into his opponent and win the match!
We love this game so much that my family has made costumes from it...yes, we have our very own Katamari. I'm the one in red, in case anyone was curious.
These Majestic Meatballs are inspired by the whimsy and wonder that is The King. So changeable, so mysterious, so...bulging...
King of All Cosmos' Majestic Mystery Meatballs
Serves 4 to 6, or use as an appetizer for a larger group.
- 2 Lbs Ground Beef
- 1 Organic Egg
- 1 Medium Sweet Potato, Grated (~1 Heaping Cup)
- 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced Fine or Pressed
- 1 Tbsp Italian Herb Blend
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 12 x 10g Cubes of Various Cheeses, OR,
- 12 x Pitted Dates, Dried Figs, Mango Cubes
- 6 Slices of Prosciutto, Halved
Preheat oven to 350. Peel and grate Sweet Potato. You're going to want to have it fairly finely grated so that it blends well with the Ground Beef. Toss it in a large bowl.
Prepare your fillings and cut your Prosciutto slices in half. If using Cheese, pick 3 or 4 different cheeses, and cut into 10g cubes. It's best to use very different types of Cheese, such as Blue, Goat, Brie and Cheddar. If using Dates, Figs and Mango, make sure the pits of the Dates are removed. Wrap the Cheese or Fruit in the half slices of Prosciutto. Place the wrapped fillings on a tray while you mix the meat. You could also do half Cheese and half Fruit to add to the mystery!
In the large bowl with the Sweet Potato, add the Ground Beef, Egg, Pressed Garlic, Italian Spices, Sea Salt and Pepper. Mix well, using your hands. Take a ball of meat, and flatten it out to the size of your palm. It should not be too thick. Place the Prosciutto-wrapped filling in the middle, and form the meat around to enclose it. You will be making 12 meatballs, so divide the meat accordingly.
Mix them up on the tray so you don't remember which is which. Pop them into the oven for about 40 minutes, until they are well done. Make sure to use a tray with a lip. Remove from the oven, and serve on a serving tray. Let everyone select their meatballs, and be surprised when they discover what is inside! Wowee!
Special thanks to The Video Ninja for the suggestion that originally inspired this recipe!